Antonioni, Foucault & Acid
Just over 100 miles to the north-west of Las Vegas in Death Valley lies the Amargosa Mountain Range. An eroded landscape, formed from the sediment of a lake that dried up long ago. A particularly striking Badland of mythical dimensions, criss-crossed with deep gorges, in the middle of the Amargosa Range goes by the name of Zabriskie Point.
The French philosopher and psychologist, Michel Foucault, declared his LSD trip here to be the most amazing experience of his life. In his film of the same name, Michelangelo Antonioni used this swathe of land as a symbol for the soul of wild nature, which was threatened by the plans of slimy real estate developers. The ruthless agents and construction companies in the film are contrasted with two youngsters (she’s a hippie and he’s a rebellious loner), who after fleeing from the city, find themselves reunited with nature in a orgiastic ball, rolling in the dust of the desert floor at Zabriskie Point. In the final cathartic scene of the film, a luxury villa explodes in the Death Valley desert, with several slow-motion shots cut back-to-back.
Objects, acting as symbols of consumer society and Western civilisation, are scattered through the air, splintering into a thousand pieces as part of a stunning choreography of destruction: Fridges, televisions, clothes’ rails, food packaging and last but not least, a gigantic pile of books.
Counterculture, Nature & Magic
Zabriskie is a specialised bookshop with a focus on sub/cultural and natural phenomena. It is almost like a private library – because we only present books that we personally value and like. You can find extraordinary things from the fields of natural history, nature writing, ecology and sustainability; gardening, self-sufficiency and DIY; underground music and film; utopian ideas and alternative ways of living; small press and artist publications; idleness and slowness; drugs and consciousness; walking, travelling and places; essays on philosophical and social issues; countercultural movements; strange and occult phenomena; phantastic, weird and experimental fiction.
In addition to books and magazines, we also have the finest coffee and a cosy sitting area. We regularly organize readings, book presentations and walks.
We look forward to welcoming you soon at Zabriskie!